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Mark Sullivan Professor Boardman November 26, 2007 A New Power Our find for a power source that will be financially fit possible for the population and not cause harm to the environment is still pending. Many scientists continue to find an alternative for oil due to the spiking prices and the polluted air produced. Hydrogen cells have a great potential to be the next main power source but some issue must first be sorted out. George Bush recently announced that the government would be pledging $1.2 billion into developing a national hydrogen infrastructure to produce and distribute the gas for a new wave of fuel cell vehicles, so it might be time that we took a closer look at the current situation. Many discoveries have been made about pros and cons of fuel cells, plus the hurdles that are preventing the introduction of the clean fuel. Hydrogen has been named the fuel of the future. Pound for pound, it contains almost three times as much energy as natural gas, and when consumed its only emission
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Unformatted text preview: is pure, plain water. The problem is that, unlike oil and gas, hydrogen presents a host of technical and economic challenges in transporting it. The car manufacturers already have the technology, fuel cell vehicles can now travel 300 miles on 17.6 pounds of hydrogen and achieve speeds of up to 132mph. All we need is the fuelling stations. Currently, 95 percent of Americas hydrogen is produced from natural gas in a process that still produces greenhouse gases. The solution would be to separate the gas from water via electrolysis or generate the fuel in nuclear power stations. The next major hurdle will be addressing issues with storing the fuel, distributing it and finally actually Mark Sullivan Geology & H.A. 1014 Professor Boardman November 26, 2007 using it for more than just our cars. However, the immediate problem is the cost of the fuel for the volumes needed....
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course ENG 1113 taught by Professor Watkins during the Spring '08 term at Oklahoma State.

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